Success in your career just like almost every other thing you can think of in life will depend on how well you’ve been able to master relevant skills. Most employees often get frustrated when having worked for a particular firm or company for a reasonable period of time and yet haven’t received any promotion or climb up the ladder of their chosen career in any way. Employers may not necessarily look out for all these skills before giving you the job. But for you to maintain, succeed and excel in your career, you need these skills.

Below are the top 10 skills you need to excel in your chosen career;

1.Communication Skills: The ability to communicate clearly and accurately is a vital job skill. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2010 communication skills ranks first among the important skills a job candidate’s needs. As you progress in your career you will discover the more need to sharpen your communication skills which include the ability to speak, listen, question and write with clarity.

2.Marketing Skills: Your job description may not directly involve any of the processes in marketing like planning, pricing, promotion and distribution of your product or service in marketing a product but I still think the skill is an important one.

Come to think of it even if you do not need the skill to market any product or service, you certainly need it to market yourself. Yes, you heard me right! One of the reasons you have not or may not get that promotion is because you are not selling yourself enough.

You need to learn how to sell your key strengths effectively, build a strong personal brand and position yourself as a true professional.

3.Networking Skills: Regardless of the career path you’ve taken, networking is important to your success in it. It is about building strong relationships that can create opportunities or help you seize opportunities. The ability to connect with people, build valuable relationships and maintain such requires acquiring the skills.

4.Time Management/Organization Skills: I wonder if one can ever be successful in anything without a proper management of time. Most tasks on your job require you to meet up with certain deadlines. Without proper time management you may not be able to do that. It is about prioritizing and scheduling your daily activities; differentiating between what is urgent and what is important, doing what needs to be done when it should be done and meet the given deadline and target.

5.Critical Thinking: The need for critical thinkers in the job place is growing on daily basis. It involves the ability to the ability to generate and evaluate ideas. It is also the ability to use logical reasoning to analyze problems or information and deduces meaningful conclusions, make smart decisions and solve problems.

6.Teamwork Skills: Your job will likely need you to collaborate, work and solve problems with others as a team. When you possess teamwork skills you will work efficiently and confidently with people, perform your own responsibility, contribute ideas when need be without arrogance and aggression and accept or give constructive criticism with the aim of helping the team achieve the desired result.

7.Leadership Skills: To excel and climb the ladder of your career, you need to possess certain leadership qualities. Each step you take upwards in your career will require that you indirectly or directly lead others. It will involve motivating and inspiring others towards a common goal which is what leadership is mostly all about.

The more leadership ability you possess, the more you are likely going to excel in your career.

8.Research/Learning Skills: To make be the nest you can be in your career requires that you keep abreast with the latest techniques and technology in your field and there is no way this is possible if you are not giving to research and constant learning. For you to excel, you need to keep learning and growing professionally.

9.Stress Management/ Flexibility/Adaptability Skills: This is the ability to work under pressure without losing your cool. It is not every one that can keep from freaking out when under pressure or work stress which is why this skill is very valuable in the work place. To manage stress, you need to control your thoughts and emotions, and the way you deal with problems.

10.Technical Skills: Most jobs today will require you to be familiar with certain computer applications. Acquiring the technical skills relevant to your job can be a big boost to your career. I was told of a young man that got employment in an oil and servicing company and was made a departmental boss just within 6 months just because he was able to develop computer software that made some tasks in the company easier.


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Success in your career just like almost every other thing you can think of in life will depend on how well you’ve been able to master relevant skills. Most employees often get frustrated when having worked for a particular firm or company for a reasonable period of time and...